Yes, the acting is wooden (although the actor playing the sheriff does the best he can) and the songs are bad, but I can't help enjoying this little movie with a lot of heart. It's been well-documented that the director made this back-to-back with "The Killer Shrews," and both would make a fun double-bill. Both knows their limitations and rise a little bit above them.
WOW! Great special effects! The gila monster looked so real. The sound track was pretty awesome too. Standout performance from the guy who played Chase; white socks and all. Some fine acting from the gang.
Just one more tid-bit; before he was Festus, Ken Curtis was the crazy, lovable Ernest T. Bass on the "Andy Griffith Show"
"It's me, it's me it's Ernest T., I can see you but you can't see me!"
December 8, 2008 Subject:
They Might Be Giants
I've seen worse monster movies, but this was far more enjoyable with the MST3K treatment.
June 10, 2008 Subject:
Produced by "Festus"
Interesting piece of trivia: This movie was produced by Ken Curtis, who would later become well known to TV viewers as Festus Hagan, Matt Dillon's mule loving sidekick on "Gunsmoke"
March 28, 2007 Subject:
So bad it's really, really good!
This ranks right up/down there with "The 50 Foot Woman" and "The Killer Rabbits". Such fine/terrible films thrill/offend you so much that you keep coming back for more/less. When the giant gila monster attacks, you are so frightened/disgusted you can't help yourself. I found myself hypnotized/distracted as the monster came sneaking up behind it's first victims (it weighs about 23 tons, so it's nice and quiet). This film reeks with camp, so download/delete it, you'll really love/hate it.
March 7, 2007 Subject:
Who's running this town?
The sherriff seems to take his cues from the teenager mechanic. Definitely in the "so bad it's good" category, but just. It's all here, from tampering with evidence, to destruction of evidence, to theft of evidence, to disobeying the law, to breaking the law. Oh yeah, and I think there was a giant gila monster too. "Run, Forest, run!"
Reviewer:Cherokee Jack -
January 26, 2006 Subject:
"I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing...."
What a movie. The film opens with a couple on Lovers Lane, who are attacked by a mysterious creature just out of camera range. From there it's all down hill. More people disappear, their damaged cars are found. It's up to the hapless Sheriff Jeff, played by Fred Graham, to figure out what's going on. At the same time he's hounded by some local bigwig, who's the father of one of the kids in the opening scene, who wants answers or he'll have his badge! Assisting the sheriff is our hero Chase Winstead (Don Sullivan), who has the screen presence of a wet towel. When he's not working on repairing or towing cars, attending to his little sister and her leg braces, he's off singing excreable songs (like the aforementioned I Sing Whenever...ah, forget it) including one at a teens barn dance, where the giant gila monster makes an unexpected appearance and all hell breaks loose leading up to the film's exciting conclusion. This one's listed under the Horror/Science Fiction keywords, but it's more of a comedy which is why I give it three stars. One of those movies that leaves you scratching your head afterwards mumbling, "Huh?"
November 17, 2005 Subject:
Not really that great.
Not really that great a movie, but not unlike what i expected. This is a funny kind of 50's B-movie and it could be funnier and faster paced.
Reviewer:AV Geek Skip -
September 10, 2005 Subject:
uploaded new version
I fixed the audio and re-uploaded the file.
August 6, 2005 Subject:
The video seems "vertically compressed" and the audio from the MPEG2 download version is almost non-existent, and very thin and tinny in quality. I am grateful that this has been shared here, but would it be possible to please resubmit a better version of this Drive-in classic film?
July 30, 2005 Subject:
The 256k version is bad. Sound is off and the movie scenes are one frame at a time.
July 26, 2005 Subject:
something is wrong with the mpg file
the 550 M mpeg-1 file is bad--the movie does not have continuous action: it is herky-jerky....